124. Let All Mortal Fesh Keep Silence

1 Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly-minded,
for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.

2 Truly God, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth he stood,
word of God, in human vesture,
in the body and the blood,
Christ will give to all the faithful
his own self for heavenly food.

3 Rank on rank the host of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the powers of hell may vanish
as the darkness clears away.

4 At his feet the six-winged seraph;
cherubim with sleepless eye,
veil their faces to the Presence,
as with ceaseless voice they cry,
"Alleluia, Alleluia,
Alleluia, God most high!"

Text Information
First Line: Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Title: Let All Mortal Fesh Keep Silence
Translator: Gerard Moultrie (1864)
Meter: 87.87.87
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: God Known in Jesus Christ: Advent; Christian Year: Advent; Jesus Christ (3 more...)
Source: Liturgy of St. James (fourth century)
Tune Information
Meter: 87.87.87
Key: d minor
Source: French carol (17th century); harm. The English Hymnal, 1906

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